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Learn! Lead! Improve Lives!



We are pleased to announce that Brush Development is the first Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training center in the U.S. for Montessori for Aging and Dementia.

Jennifer Brush, an AMI Certified Educator, is the only person in the U.S. to offer the two-day Montessori for Aging and Dementia workshop, which is the first step to completing the AMI Certified Practitioner Course.  A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the workshop.  Participants will receive numerous handouts, as well as a copy of I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia.


How to enroll in the workshop:

  • Contact us to arrange to host the workshop at your care community. Please plan ahead and let us know three to six months in advance.
  • Contact us to take the class one-on-one or in a small group via Skype at a time that best fits your schedule.
  • Take the workshop at one of the Montessori Training Institutes in the US or through Fundación Argentina María Montessori (FAMM) in Argentina.

New workshops are always being added to the schedule and can be found on our Training page.


Interested in serving as a leader in Montessori and at your care community?

Pursue the AMI Practitioner Certification.  To qualify to be an AMI Certified Practitioner for Montessori for Dementia, one must complete a minimum of 60 hours classroom and self-study of course work that includes:

  • Attending and participating in the two-day AMI Montessori for Aging and Dementia Workshop.
  • Understanding the principles and techniques for developing and implementing Montessori for Aging and Dementia
  • Completing the required readings and passing an examination
  • Successfully completing the assessment requirements which include developing case studies, creating materials, writing a paper, presenting and demonstrating your skills as a practitioner.

Improve Lives!

After successful completion, you will be qualified as an AMI Montessori for Aging and Dementia Certified Practitioner, to develop and implement this innovative intervention for older adults and people with dementia and to serve as a resource for others in your care setting.

The two-day AMI Montessori for Aging and Dementia Workshop and certification assessment requirements do not qualify you to teach or train others in Montessori for Aging and Dementia.  An AMI Educator’s Certification is required to teach the AMI Montessori for Aging and Dementia curriculum.  If you are interested in learning more about the assessment requirements to become a Certified Practitioner, please contact Jennifer Brush.


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About the Author:

Jennifer Brush
Jennifer A. Brush, M.A., CCC/SLP has been working for over 20 years to change the face of dementia care in hospitals, assisted living communities, nursing homes and home care. Prior to establishing her own practice, Jennifer served for many years as the Executive Director of IDEAS Institute, a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of older adults through the conduct of applied research. She is an international speaker and recognized speech-language pathologist known for her work in the areas of memory, swallowing, and environmental interventions for people with dementia. She has served as the Principal Investigator on applied research grants that have examined issues pertaining to dementia, hearing impairment, dining, dysphagia, and the long-term care environment. Her research and consulting in the area of environmental modifications has resulted in improved functioning for people with dementia. Jennifer offers interactive and educational presentations and coaching that help clients bridge the gap between current research findings and the care needs of people with dementia. Jennifer Brush is the co-author of four books: Creative Connections in Dementia Care™; I Care; Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit™ (ECAT) and A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval. She is the author of Meal Time Matters and Meal Time Matters at Home, training programs that build nursing assistants' and home caregivers' skills related to dining, swallowing disorders, and safe feeding assistance. Jennifer has authored over 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals, served as guest editor of the journals Seminars in Speech and Language and Perspectives in Gerontology, volunteered as Chair of Professional Development in Gerontology for the American Speech Language Hearing Association Special Interest Group, and was an editorial reviewer for SpeechPathology.com. Jennifer is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Jennifer is honored to be appointed by the Executive Director of AMI to serve as an inaugural member of the Advisory Group for Montessori for Aging and Dementia. This group is responsible for writing the AMI standards for Montessori dementia programs. Jennifer presented her research in the area of dementia at the first international conference for Montessori environments for dementia in Sydney, Australia in 2014, and spoke at the annual AMI meeting in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2015. She will return to Sydney in November, 2015 to speak about creating supportive environments for the aging.
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